Participation in Federal Meal-Subsidy Program Promotes Healthy Eating in Child Care Centers

Connecticut child care centers participating in a federal food assistance program do a better job at feeding preschoolers healthy foods than non-participating centers, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. 

Nationwide, 4 million children receive subsidized meals and snacks through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides financial support for food served in child care centers and family day care homes, and applies standards to the types and quantity of foods served. Beccause the program targets support for low-income children, CACFP has become an important policy tool in addressing food security and improving nutrition in young children.